July 20, 2009

A Great Way to Personalize Your Wedding Gown

The classic satin ribbon sash with gown, "Jaqueline" by Monique Lhuillier

One aspect of the Bridal Atelier that I am most proud of is the personal service that my wonderful consultants strive to provide to each and every bride who enters our doors. They truly work with each bride to help them create a look that is uniquely their own. Lately, I have been noticing accessories playing a larger part in the styling process, most noticably belts.

Belts and sashes are not new to bridal. But they became increasingly popular in the past few years as designers began to show more natural waisted styles. Monique Lhuillier re-introduced the satin ribbon sash in her 2003 collection. She encouraged brides to try different sashes with many different styles of her gowns......full ballgowns, narrow A-lines, and everything LACE!!! Eventually, her sashes became available in several shades of whites and ivories, as well as vibrant and rich hues like teal, Victorian Rose & plum. Her styles influenced the entire bridal market!

Today's top designers offer sahses and belts in a multitude of fabrics with various beading and embellishments. I love that my staff can read a bride who loves a gown by one designer and but thinks it needs a "little something." They add a belt, possibly from a different designer, and it adds exactly what the bride was looking for! A unique gown that is a look all their own.

Belts and sashes are also great for drawing attention to some areas of the figure and de-emphasizing other areas. A girl with a pear shape may feel her hips look big in a gown, but when a beatiful belt is added, attention is brought to her waist and the hips de-emphasized. The same is especially true for a girl with a boy shape, even a simple organza sash can suggest a shaped waistline.

Here are some of the most popular belts at the Atelier right now:
#1 by Monique Lhuillier, #2 by Carolina Herrera, #'s 3-5 by Lela Rose

Here is a fabulous belted look, The Willow gown by Lela Rose:

Here's to tying one on!


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